Volcano enthusiasts and a professor at the University of Manchester have created a list of the world’s ten most dangerous volcanoes.
The volcanoes were ranked on their likelihood of eruption and proximity to large human populations.
Number one on the list is Japan’s Iwo Jima, which is now 20 metres higher than it was in 1945 due to a growing magma chamber.
While the island itself is not heavily populated, an eruption may cause a tsunami that could reach southern Japan and China, including Hong Kong.
“The last time such a list was made was 25 years ago and that list mainly included volcanoes that are accessible to study in developed countries,” says University of Manchester Professor Albert Zijlstra.
“Our new list looks all over the world, including in less developed countries. We have created this list to try to highlight the need for better monitoring and preparedness in many areas of the world.”
Mount Vesuvius is a controversial omission from the list, with the volcano considered overdue for an eruption by many scientists and located close to the homes of 500,000 people.
Top 10 Dangerous Volcanoes
1. Iwo Jima (Japan)
2. Apoyeque (Nicaragua)
3. Campi Flegrei (Italy)
4. Mount Aso (Japan)
5. Trans Mexico Volcanic Belt (Mexico)
6. Gunung Agung (Indonesia)
7. Mount Cameroon (Cameroon)
8. Taal (Philippines)
9. Mayon (Philippines)
10. Gunung Kelud (Indonesia)
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